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Lace

Through a display of exceptional pieces belonging to the museum, the "La Dentelle au Point d'Alençon" association and the Mobilier National, the lace rooms tell the story of 350 years of Alençon Lace. This needle lace was dubbed the "queen of lace" at the first World's Fair in London in 1851.

Contemporary creations also show how this unique know-how has evolved over the years. Today it is practised by 7 lace-makers at the National Conservatory Workshop for Alençon Lace, attached to the General Administration of the Mobilier National.

In addition to the documents on display, there is a film of around twenty minutes about the very special technique used to make this lace. It is entirely handmade and has been produced without interruption since the 17th century.

The craftsmanship of Alençon needle lace-making was added to 's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 16 November 2010.

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